Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, What can I do with Truth?

24 June 2019, this blog is about writing in scenes.  I’m focusing on the tools to build scenes.  I’ll leave up the parts of a novel because I think this is an important picture for any novelist.  I’m writing about how to begin and write a novel.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. The dénouement scene(s)


Announcement:   I need a new publisher.  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.  Ancient Light includes Aegypt, Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  If you are interested in historical/suspense literature, please give my novels a try.  You can read about them at http://www.ancientlight.com.  I’ll keep you updated.

Today’s Blog: The skill of using language comes from the ability to put together figures of speech that act as symbols in writing.

Short digression:  Back in Wichita

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.


Creativity is the extrapolation of older ideas to form new ones or to present old ideas in a new form.  It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect).  Creativity requires consuming, thinking, and producing.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:


  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker


First step of writing—enjoy writing.  Writing is a chore—especially if you don’t know what you are doing, and you don’t know where you are going.  Let me help you with that.


The current subject is how cultures and societies affect human thought and human actions.  Here is a list of potential issues.  We’ll look at them in detail:


  1. Vocabulary
  2. Ideas
  3. Social construction
  4. Culture
  5. Politics
  6. History
  7. Language
  8. Common knowledge
  9. Common sense
  10. Reflected culture
  11. Reflected history
  12. Reflected society
  13. Truth
  14. Food
  15. Money
  16. Weapons
  17. Transportation
  18. Communication
  19. Writing
  20. Education


I’m not sure what you can do with truth, but we might as well talk about it.  A reflected or written worldview is not based on truth, it is based on common knowledge and common sense.  If the truth is a spherical world but the average reader thinks the world is flat, then common knowledge is a flat world, and common sense is that you must fall off the side.  In science and the real world, you need to be able to determine the truth.  Let’s look at history.


The Greeks invented the historical-legal method, logic, and the scientific method.  They did all of this before the first century and most likely around 300BC.  This is very important because the ability to prove truth is the beginning of Western Civilization and the beginning of the rational world.


If you can prove what is true in the world, you can develop science, invent technology, record history, prosecute law, develop mathematics and theorems, and generally increase civilization.  Without the ability to prove truth, you really can’t succeed in developing your civilization or culture—not very far.  As long as you have contact with other cultures who have developed stuff, you can borrow their ideas, but what happens if your culture can’t accept their ideas.  This is a big deal.


In Western civilization, we assume that everyone wants to progress their culture, society, and technology.  This isn’t always true.  A people’s ability to understand and progress is fully based on their culture.  This is why many assert that some cultures and societies are not ready for modern forms of government.  This is why you have significant problems integrating new technology in cultures new to modern technology.  In fact, we joke about previous generations’ inability to understand and use technology.  This problem isn’t just a generational problem—this is a worldwide cultural problem.  Further, there are other problems with a culture that doesn’t have or can’t use the tools to prove truth.


We see examples of this all the time in our own culture.  Many students and college graduates don’t understand the basics of how to prove truth—they might even state that they don’t know or don’t believe you can prove truth.  Do you see the problem?  How can you design an aircraft if there is no aerodynamic truth?  How do you prosecute criminals if there is no historical-legal truth?  How do you do math if there is no rational or logical truth?  You literally can’t get very far if you can’t prove truth, plus you potentially have a culture filled with uneducated and untrainable people.


I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:










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About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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